University of Wyoming president sees bright future ahead

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Laramie, Wyo. - University of Wyoming President Laurie Nichols says she foresees a brighter, more stable future as the university begins a new year after budget cuts, downsizing of staff and faculty and reorganization last year.

The reorganization included department consolidation, more vigorous efforts to boost enrollment, expensive commitments to scientific research and the creation of a strategic plan.

Nichols tells the Laramie Boomerang that the strategic plan is the greatest accomplishment of last year because it will fundamentally shape the university in the next five years. The plan lays out specific goals such as boosting enrollment by 2022 to 13,500, and total annual university revenue to $555 million.

Nichols says more work still must be done but the university is on the right path.

UW was required to cut roughly $42 million from its budget across two years, in time for a July 1, 2017 deadline. While the cuts began in 2016, the final $10 million was cut out by Nichol’s permanent reduction plan implemented in 2017.